Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are becoming more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries ...

Oct 6

Categories: Child Development


Crows Are Self-Aware and 'Know What They Know', Just Like Humans

In what now feels like an annual update, crows are even more surprisingly smart than we thought. But do they have true consciousness? New research shows that crows and other corvids "know what they know and can ponder the content of their own ...

Sep 30


Study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity

A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

Sep 28

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development


Pro-Environmental Beliefs Are Less Likely To Lead To Action Among ...

We all know that it’s vital that we take action to reduce the harm we do to the environment. So understanding the barriers to such action is critical, too. A new paper, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, identifies a ...

Sep 24


Binge-drinkers’ brains have to work harder to feel empathy for ...

People who binge-drink show more extensive dysfunction across their brains than previously realised, a new study from the University of Sussex has shown. The research shows that binge-drinkers’ brains have to put more effort into trying to feel ...

Sep 21

Categories: Addictions, Empathy


Fish Oil Supplements Probably Won't Boost Your Mood

Many people take fish oil supplements to manage their mental health. It’s true that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation, which is linked to depression, and research suggests, deficiencies are associated with any number of mental health ...

Sep 17

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar


People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower 'Love ...

People who were children when their parents were divorced showed lower levels of oxytocin - the so-called "love hormone" - when they were adults than those whose parents remained married, according to a study led by Baylor University. That lower ...

Sep 14

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems


Treatment for teen anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with approximately 4.4 million children and adolescents affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These disorders are not only common in children and ...

Sep 8

Categories: Anxiety, Teenage Issues


10 Ways to Make Yourself More Likable

We all have differing levels of social skills. Some people are naturally charismatic and endear themselves to others easily. Others might be outgoing yet social awkward, and some might be shy or introverted and find certain social interactions ...

Sep 7

Categories: Personality problems


Bilingual children may lose less brain matter as they grow up

In a paper published in Brain Structure and Function, an international team of academics led by the University of Reading and Georgetown University looked at detailed scans of children's and adolescents' brains and found that bilingual participants ...

Sep 4

Categories: Child Development


Which OCD Treatment Works Best?

New research could improve the odds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will receive a therapy that really works for them - something that eludes more than a third of those who currently get OCD treatment. The study, performed at the ...

Aug 31

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Futile Persistence: Why Do We Keep Our Bad Habits?

It's a paradoxical truth of human existence that we are motivated by self-interest yet regularly act in ways that undermine it. This curious tendency often manifests in the form of futile persistence. We keep going to the well long after it has ...

Aug 27

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology

All kinds of ideas have been put forward for why and how music came to matter so much to us. But what's abundantly clear is that it does matter; there isn't a society out there that doesn't make and listen to music. And new research is now revealing ...

Aug 26

Categories: Happiness


Older adults with existing depression show resilience during the ...

A study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder living in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and St Louis found no increase in depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 24

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Small Pleasures Are Just As Important For Our Wellbeing As Long-Term ...

When it comes to leading a happy and fulfilled life, many of us focus on long-term goals: what job we want, whether or not we want children, or how to reach a certain level of skill at a particular hobby or interest. There's a reason so much ...

Aug 19

Categories: Happiness

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